12 Interesting Facts about Christmas
Christmas is nearly approaching! We can tell it by the blow of the wind and the carols sung by the children in every corner of the street. To heighten up the Christmas feels, I have researched for the 12 most interesting facts about Christmas:
- Santa Claus is real. He is a saint from Myra, the old name of Turkey. His name is Sankt Niklaus. He is the first non-biblical saint.
- Santa has 9 reindeers. They are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, yet Rudolph is the only reindeer we know.
- Santa has his own postal code! Ever wonder where to send your letters to Santa? Send your wishes to his own postal code which is H0H 0H0.
- The first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday was Alabama in 1836
- Joy to the World is not a song about Christmas! The song composed by Isaac Watts was not really intended for Christmas. Rather, the song was intended for Jesus’ triumphant return at the end of this current age.
- Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees. The trees are made of dyed goose feathers.
- In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the recipient got 364 gifts.
- Indians use banana tree as their Christmas tree.
- For Japanese people, Christmas means heading out to the nearest KFC fastfood. More than 240,000 barrels of chicken were sold during Christmas. The sale is five to ten times higher than their normal monthly sales.
- Ukrainian Christmas trees are covered with mosses and cobwebs instead of glittering ornaments.
- Xmas doesn’t remove Christ from Christmas because Christianity was spelled as Xianity. X means Christ.
- There is actually a Bahumbug. A snail called Ba humbug is a Fijian snail that was named after Scrooge’s famous exclamation in A Christmas Carol.
Christmas is celebrated around the world -- it is a festive time when people strive to be generous to all. The essence of the season is to give and spread love, the same acts of kindness committed by the one we are celebrating Christmas for.
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